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Guidance and criteria for safe recycling of post consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into new food packaging applications

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


The development of modern recycling processes allows cleansing and reconditioning of used beverage bottles (Post-Consumer Recycled-Polyethylene Terephthalate: PCR-PET) to be used as packaging material in direct contact with foodstuffs. This publication gives practical guidelines and reliable criteria for the safe recycling of PCR PET using modern "super clean" technologies and harmonised test protocols so that recycled PET can be reused for food packaging applications meeting food safety and consumer health protection demands. It also summarises the state of the art in PCR PET reprocessing for food packaging from a historical, legal and food safety point of view with short notices on technological aspects. This publication is a partial outcome of project FAIR-CT98-4318 carried out with the financial support of the European Commission, DG-RTD, E.2-Food Quality.

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Authors: FRANZ R, Fraunhofer Institut fur Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung (IVV), Freising (DE);WELLE F, Fraunhofer Institut fur Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung (IVV), Freising (DE);BAYER F, The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta (US)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21155 EN (2004), 26 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-57-03-071-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-6776-2
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